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Methods of Elite Research

Ursula Hoffmann‐Lange

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0049

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

 Methods of Elite Research

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This article discusses the different methods of elite research. Elite research studies the characteristics of politicians and other holders of leadership positions in powerful public institutions and private organizations. These individuals are distinguished by their regular participation in (political) decision making. The fields of elite research are discussed, which are composed of four main areas. The methods of elite identification and the methods of data collection are also studied.

Keywords: methods of elite research; elite research; political decision making; fields of elite research; elite identification; data collection

Article.  7879 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Behaviour ; Comparative Politics

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